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District secretary-treasurer Mark Walsh (right) spoke with concerned South Park Family School parents on Wednesday night. (File contributed/ Rich Fleming)

Victoria parents want SD61 to ‘start over’ with catchment planning

Parents felt unheard after the first open house meeting

District secretary-treasurer Mark Walsh (right) spoke with concerned South Park Family School parents on Wednesday night. (File contributed/ Rich Fleming)
The modular classrooms at Ecole Willows School are just about complete. Mark Walsh, secretary-treasurer of SD61, is pretty confident that students will be able to move in by Remembrance Day. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Neighbours concerned over lack Willows School consultations

Residents worry field will turn into a trailer park without input

The modular classrooms at Ecole Willows School are just about complete. Mark Walsh, secretary-treasurer of SD61, is pretty confident that students will be able to move in by Remembrance Day. (Keri Coles/News staff)
Kindergarten registration for School District 61 begins on Monday. (Pixabay)

Kindergarten registration for SD61 starts on Monday

Parents and Guardians of Greater Victoria students must register their kids in their catchments

Kindergarten registration for School District 61 begins on Monday. (Pixabay)
Central middle school will no longer host late entry French immersion for Grade 6 students beginning in 2019. (Google Streetview)

Parents furious as late French immersion ends at Central Middle School

Late French immersion moves from Central to Shoreline in View Royal

Central middle school will no longer host late entry French immersion for Grade 6 students beginning in 2019. (Google Streetview)
The Greater Victoria Teachers Association is calling for school liaisons to come back. (File photo)

Greater Victoria teachers want school liaison officers back

Teachers say there have been violent incidents at schools where preventative care is necessary

The Greater Victoria Teachers Association is calling for school liaisons to come back. (File photo)
French immersion enrolment is on the rise in the region’s three school districts. (Canadian Parents for French photo)

Sooke, Saanich, Great Victoria school districts address need for French teachers

Enrolment in French immersion programs rapidly rising

  • Oct 31, 2018
French immersion enrolment is on the rise in the region’s three school districts. (Canadian Parents for French photo)
The Greater Victoria School District has voted for a $73.3 million upgrade for Vic High. File photo

School Board votes for $73.3 million upgrade for Vic High, seeks provincial approval

Plans will keep the current building, and add a neighbourhood learning centre

The Greater Victoria School District has voted for a $73.3 million upgrade for Vic High. File photo
Duncan McIntyre (left) and Connor Chan, both grade 5 studetns at Rogers Elementary School, show off their game to a crowd of grade 4/5 students from School District 61 during the CodeQuest Arcade event. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

WATCH: Designing computer games at age nine

Grade 4/5 students from across SD61 designed games for the Coding Quest Arcade

Duncan McIntyre (left) and Connor Chan, both grade 5 studetns at Rogers Elementary School, show off their game to a crowd of grade 4/5 students from School District 61 during the CodeQuest Arcade event. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
Students at Shoreline Community Middle School participate in the kick off tour on child and youth rights by the Representative for Children and Youth. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)

Tour for child and youth rights launches in View Royal

Shoreline Middle School students participate in leading youth rights

Students at Shoreline Community Middle School participate in the kick off tour on child and youth rights by the Representative for Children and Youth. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)
Premier John Horgan displays his best playground “tricks” with students at Quadra elementary, Tuesday May 8. Horgan joined Minister of Education, Rob Fleming, to announce $5 million in annual funding for safer and more accessible playground equipment for schoolchildren across B.C. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

B.C. invests $5M for new school playground equipment

Fifty-one schools across the province to benefit from new program

Premier John Horgan displays his best playground “tricks” with students at Quadra elementary, Tuesday May 8. Horgan joined Minister of Education, Rob Fleming, to announce $5 million in annual funding for safer and more accessible playground equipment for schoolchildren across B.C. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Colette Baty (left), Vancouver Island School of Art board president, and founder/executive director Wendy Welch wonder about the future of the school, which must vacate the building with SD61 taking it back due to expanding enrolment. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Vancouver Island School of Art looking for new home

Increasing SD61 enrolment prompts district’s termination of lease with Quadra Street facility

Colette Baty (left), Vancouver Island School of Art board president, and founder/executive director Wendy Welch wonder about the future of the school, which must vacate the building with SD61 taking it back due to expanding enrolment. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Some female students in SD61 have been sent home for wearing leggings, prompting a debate around how outdated the district’s current code of conduct might be. The SD61 board of education on Monday approved a reworded dress code policy that leans more on consultation between staff, administrators and parents and less on individual judgments of the appropriateness of students’ clothing. Contributed photo

Greater Victoria School District adopts new dress code policy

Two years in the making, SD61 moves to more inclusionary guidelines

Some female students in SD61 have been sent home for wearing leggings, prompting a debate around how outdated the district’s current code of conduct might be. The SD61 board of education on Monday approved a reworded dress code policy that leans more on consultation between staff, administrators and parents and less on individual judgments of the appropriateness of students’ clothing. Contributed photo
SD61 hears grievance from GVTA over cutbacks on area rug vacuuming for elementary schools. (Photo - Google maps)

Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association files grievance over carpet cleaning cutbacks

‘They sit on the carpet, you read to them, you do math … it’s a teaching area. It’s vital.’

SD61 hears grievance from GVTA over cutbacks on area rug vacuuming for elementary schools. (Photo - Google maps)
The Greater Victoria School District approved spending a surplus in excess of $3.7 million. File photo

Victoria school board decides how to spend nearly $3.8-million surplus

Large portion goes to 2018/2019 projected deficit

The Greater Victoria School District approved spending a surplus in excess of $3.7 million. File photo